Common Pavilions

The National Pavilions in the Giardini of the Venice Biennale in Essays and Photographs

Edited by Diener & Diener Architects with Gabriele Basilico

Common Pavilions

Edited by Diener & Diener Architects with Gabriele Basilico

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

288 pages | 67 duotone plates, 60 line dra | 10 x 15 1/2
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9783858817341 Published August 2013
Based on the Thirteenth International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennial in 2012, Common Pavilions investigates the architectural significance of the twenty-nine national pavilions set up for the event in the Giardini di Venezia. The late celebrated Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico has documented each pavilion, and his work is presented in large-format and lush duotone printing. His rich images reflect the atmosphere and character of the pavilions with care and attention to detail. Thirty authors from the nations represented, including architects, philosophers, and artists, have contributed short essays that present the historical and national context for each pavilion, and explain the architectural importance of the pavilion design itself. For anyone who attended the Venice Biennial and for all who missed it, Common Pavilions provides beautiful documentation of what may be the world’s best known exhibition site for art and architecture.


Roger Diener, Common Pavilions

Monica Bonvicini, Italian Pavilion

Bart Verschaffel, Belgian Pavilion

Jörg Haspel, German Pavilion

Peter Cook, British Pavilion

András Pálffy, Hungarian Pavilion

Jean-Louis Cohen, French Pavilion

Alexander Brodsky, Russian Pavilion

Eduard Bru I Bistuer, Spanish Pavilion

Henrieta Moravcíková, Czech and Slovak Pavilion

Vito Acconci, US Pavilion

Tarek Waly, Egyptian Pavilion

Milica Topalovic, Serbian Pavilion

Adam Szymczyk & Monika Sosnowska, Polish Pavilion

Bogdan Ghiu, Romanian Pavilion

Carsten Thau, Danish Pavilion

Hermann Czech, Austrian Pavilion

Zissis Kotionis & Elia Zenghelis, Greek Pavilion

Marcel Meili, Swiss Pavilion

Amos & Ben Gitai, Israeli Pavilion

Herman Hertzberger, Dutch Pavilion

Henry Vicente, Venezuelan Pavilion

Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish Pavilion

Taro Igarashi, Japanese Pavilion

Dinu Bumbaru, Canadian Pavilion

Marcelo Danza, Uruguayan Pavilion

Arnfinn Bø-Rygg, Nordic Pavilion

Regina Silveira, Brazilian Pavilion

Peter Stutchbury, Australian Pavilion

Martin Steinmann, Book Pavilion

Hyungmin Pai, Korean Pavilion


Floor Plans

Diener & Diener, The Common Pavilions Exhibition

Review Quotes
Telegraph Journal
“In an environment where craft and architectural beauty dovetail with expressions of nationhood, cultural pride, and artistic excellence, the Biennale’s sophisticated structures are much more than venues for eminent artists and architects. . . . To celebrate and commemorate this unrivalled built landscape, the German architectural partnership of Diener & Diener curated Common Pavilions. . . . Enlisting the late Italian photographer Gabriele Basilico, each pavilion was documented in duotone. The resuting rich [photographs] are sublime through their crisp attention to light and detail.”
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